The international community has recognized that women’s participation is vital to achieving and sustaining peace. Women are proven agents of change—and should be able to do even more. In 2000, the UN Security Council passed the historic resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. It calls for women to participate in peacebuilding, be better protected from human rights violations, and have access to justice and services to eliminate discrimination.
A Chilean Peacekeeper with the United Nations Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) hands out explanatory flyers at the inauguration of a bridge project in the northern Haitian city of Cap Haitian. MINUSTAH Engineers and Chilean Peacekeepers have completed major structural reinforcement of Cap Haitien's largest and most utilized bridge in addition to repairing the walkway and handrails and installing solar powered lights where no streetlights previously existed. (Photo: MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi)
UN Women’s programmes on women, peace and security are guided by a series of commitments to women’s rights. These include resolution 1325, and six supporting UN Security Council resolutions—1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106 and 2122. Other key reference points are the Beijing Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Around the world, UN Women acts to build women’s participation and influence in decision-making to prevent and resolve conflicts. We support women’s engagement in all aspects of peacebuilding, towards more inclusive, egalitarian societies that can end gender discrimination and resolve conflicts without violence.
Our programmes foster women’s peace coalitions and prepare them to engage in peace processes. We reach out to peacekeepers to detect and stop conflict-related sexual violence. Other initiatives back justice and security institutions that protect women and girls from violence and discrimination, public services fully responsive to women’s needs, women’s greater access to economic opportunities, and women’s engagement in all forms of national and local public decision-making.